Public records

CREW files public records suit over SEC's post-Madoff reforms

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 7, 2010
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January 7, 2010

The government accountability group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has sued the Securities and Exchange Commission over its failure to provide documentation of reforms implemented in the wake of the largest investment fraud in the nation's history.

Coalition receives $2 million for new Freedom of Information fund

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 5, 2010
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January 5, 2010

The National Freedom of Information Coalition has received a $2 million, three-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create the Knight FOIA Fund, which will fund the legal costs often associate with public records disputes.

Alabama newspaper askes for withheld 'personal' email

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009

An Alabama newspaper is demanding copies of so-called personal e-mail messages sent by city officials that were withheld from a recent open-records request.

AP asks West Virginia court to reconsider judicial e-mail decision

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 16, 2009
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December 16, 2009

The Associated Press has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its November ruling that e-mail messages exchanged between its former justice and a coal executive were not subject to public records laws, The Associated Press reported.

Bermuda's FOI bill to be retroactive

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 7, 2009
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December 7, 2009

Bermuda’s new freedom of information bill will apply to all government-held records, including those created in the past, the Royal Gazette reported.

Mining exec asks for new trial after justices step down

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 4, 2009
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December 4, 2009

A coal executive has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its dismissal of a $50 million jury verdict against competitor Massey Energy after improper relationships between sitting justices and Massey executives came to light, The Charleston Gazette reported.

Hugh Caperton, the owner of Harman Mining Co., had sued Massey for unfair business practices and was awarded $50 million by a jury. But the state Supreme Court overturned the award on two separate occasions.

Wisconsin prison hands over grenade video, settles suit

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Feature | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

Wisconsin prison officials have released video footage of a guard detonating a grenade typically used for outdoor crowd control in the cell of an individual prisoner after the Associated Press sued to obtain a copy of the footage, the news agency reported.

Police use-of-force reports are public records in New Jersey

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 10, 2009
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November 10, 2009

A New Jersey appeals court on Monday ruled that police use-of-force reports -- generated any time a police offer uses force against a citizen -- are public records and cannot be withheld as criminal investigatory records.

Small Business Agency will pay attorney fees in FOIA case

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 30, 2009
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October 30, 2009

The American Small Business League will finally get to collect legal fees from the Department of Justice now that the agency has dropped its appeal of a California federal court's award.

The Court of Appeals in San Francisco (9th Cir.) was set to hear the department’s appeal early next year, the league reported in a release.

Arizona Supreme Court rules electronic data is public

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 29, 2009
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October 29, 2009

The Arizona Supreme Court today ruled that metadata – information about the history, tracking and management of an electronic document – is subject to the state’s public records law.